The objectives for which the S. N. Bose National Centre is established, are:
- To foster, encourage and promote the growth of advanced studies in selected branches of basic sciences.
- To conduct original research in theoretical and mathematical sciences and other basic sciences in frontier areas, including challenging theoretical studies of future applications.
- To provide a forum of personal contacts and intellectual interaction among scientists within the country and also between them and scientists abroad.
- To train young scientists for research in basic sciences.